The Lahore Museum, was originally established in 1865-66 on the site of the hall or building of the 1864 Punjab Exhibition and later shifted to its present site located on The Mall, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan in 1894.
The current building of Lahore Museum was designed by the well-known architect Sir Ganga Ram. The Museum is the biggest museum of the country. A number of rooms have been under repair for a long time and others still show a rather old-fashioned and often rudimental display of objects, with Urdu captions only.
The Museum contains some fine specimens of Mughal and Sikh door-ways and wood-work and has a large collection of paintings dating back to the Mughal, Sikh and British periods. It includes a collection of musical instruments, ancient jewellery, textiles, pottery, and armory. There are important relics from the Indus Valley civilisation, Gandhara and Graeco-Bactrianperiods as well as some Tibetan and Nepalese work on display. The museum has a number of Greco-Buddhist sculptures,Mughal and Pahari paintings on display.The Fasting Buddha from the Gandhara period is one of the most famous objects of the museum. The ceiling of the entrance hall features a large mural by renowned Pakistani artist Sadequain.
The Museum displays archaeological materials from pre-historic times to the Hindu Shahi period. It has one of the largest collections of archaeology, history, arts, fine arts, applied arts, ethnology, and craft objects in Pakistan. It also has an extensive collection of Hellenistic and Mughal coins. A photo gallery is dedicated to the emerging of Pakistan as a state.
Lahore Museum observes working hours as follows:
Winter: (October 16 to April 15) 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Summer: (April 16 to October 15) 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Camera Charges: Rs.25/-
Weekly Holiday of the Museum is Friday, whereas it remains closed on First Monday of each month for general public for maintenance. It also closes on actual days of Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha, Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi and 9th & 10th of Muharram.
The Phicture Gallery